REVEREND SUN MYUNG MOON
ON THE NEW YEAR
January 4, 1987
Translator - Sang Kil Han
Looking back through history, we see that the direction of God's
dispensation and the orientation of those people who worked to realize
it had to be united or else the dispensation suffered setbacks. The
objectives of God and our posture have to be in unison; otherwise, even
if we are moving, we are going in a zigzag rather than a straight
For example, throughout God's dispensation He has always sought the
restoration of the elder son's position. He called the Israelites,
centering on Jacob, but we can observe clearly that there was often a
discrepancy between God's direction and the attitudes of the
Israelites. A big difference existed between the standard God expected
of them and their actual response to Him. The term
"Israelite" denotes a victorious person, an individual who
has won the victory. The Israelites, then, should be the individuals,
family, and nation that have won the victory.
Victory on what level? The victory which gave the Israelites their
name was only a condition on the individual level to recover the elder
sonship. The elder sonship was not actually recovered at that time, but
a condition was made for it to be restored in the future. Once that
condition was successfully established, twenty years passed before
Jacob and Esau, successfully and substantially in person, victoriously
united the Abel and Cain positions.
Even after successfully establishing the right condition, Jacob
went through twenty years of pain in order to actually inherit the
elder sonship. He had to endure continuous hardship for that one goal.
It is a firmly established formula that in order to win the victory
substantially-the real victory-we have to persevere through and
surmount much difficulty, environmental as well as personal.
Look at Noah. After it was revealed to him what was to happen, he
had to endure hardships for 120 years, overcoming difficulties on the
individual as well as the societal and environmental levels. As he
persevered, enduring ridicule and uncertainty for such a long time, he
really struggled to uphold his standard.
Then Abraham was called and he was no exception to this formula.
Every person who won a victory had to go through suffering. Abraham
surmounted many difficulties in his father's family, that of Terah the
idol maker. He really had to suffer before his promised victory was
Moses' situation was the same. The promise to Moses was not
instantly fulfilled; the victorious position was not immediately
established. After being selected and prepared for his mission, he had
to endure incredible difficulty during the forty years of leading the
Israelites through the wilderness.
John the Baptist was another good example of this formula. He had
to surmount his environment, especially on the family level. All kinds
of responsibilities were given to him and he had to live with them
successfully. There was a time duration that he had to go through and
apparently many difficulties, because he was not successful in
fulfilling God's dispensation for him.
Jesus himself not only had to go beyond the family and
environmental difficulties, but also he had to suffer through
persecution and adversity on the societal and national levels. The
Israelites' clear goal given by God was the world, but it was always
very difficult for the Israelites to reach or maintain the standard God
desired of them. They were meant to go beyond Rome and reach out to the
Carefully analyzing all these persons and events, we can clearly
see a certain pattern of dispensational figures always having to go
through difficulty. Both aspects of life are involved-the external and
the internal. Their families, clans, and close relatives were the real
crux of internal difficulties. The rules and regulations set up by
society, such as the legal system, presented the external
difficulties. The country or nation, the external entity, set up laws
which were not always consistent with the direction of God. Thus, the
one who was responsible to fulfill the will of God always had to cope
with this discrepancy.
We can clearly identify the problems Jesus faced. He desperately
needed the support of a family that could follow God's dispensation,
but Jesus' family was anything but ideal. In fact, it was completely
the other way around. Jesus as an individual had the tremendous
handicap of being a fatherless son in Joseph's family. Because Joseph
didn't trust him and his family failed him, Jesus had no choice but to
take an alternative course of working with the Jewish leaders. He tried
very hard to fulfill God's will in that way. On the foundation of the
Jewish faith, he could then cope with the problem of the nation and
leading the Israelites.
Now history has progressed to the time of the Unification Church.
We have a tremendous amount of experience and information from the past
for which we must be grateful. This year, we have as our goal and
motto, "Unification of the Fatherland." The unification of
the Fatherland is a very concrete goal, not just an abstract motto. We
must think in real terms about the lessons and experiences of key
figures from the past. The unification of the Fatherland refers not
just to a nation but beyond to the world and even the cosmos. When our
concept is elevated to that height, then we really feel the seriousness
of the idea of a Fatherland.
The purpose and role of the Unification Church have been explained
many times over by the True Parents. For the sake of the larger goal,
the smaller goal should willingly be sacrificed. Thus, the individual
has to be the sacrifice for the family, and the national goal has to
supersede the family goal, and so on. This is the way we have learned
and the way we have lived. To put it in simple terms, in order for an
individual to become successful, he has to make the family level
successful. Once that happens, the individual will already be
successful. In order to establish the family goal, the national goal
has to be accomplished.
The first level of difficulty is the conflict between mind and
body. That struggle has to come to a successful conclusion before we
can continue to a further mission or goal. Likewise, before we can
advance our goal to the nation, our clan level problems have to be
resolved. Before we can succeed on the clan level, the family level
problems must be resolved. In other words, in order to progress,
unification within the lower level must be well established. Then and
only then can we advance to the next level and hope to have unification
What level are we talking about in this year's motto,
"Unification of the Fatherland?" Is it the national level or
any level lower than that? No, it is above the national level. We have
to confront and completely solve the problems at the national level and
make unity there before we can ever hope for the unification of the
world. The world is certainly a higher level than the nation. So
internally, we have to unify the nation, solve its problems and bring
it into complete harmony.
When we are talking about heaven, we are talking about none other
than the cosmic level. Heaven must be on the cosmic, not just the
national level. First, we have to solve the problems and establish
heaven on earth before we can think about heaven in the spirit world.
This has always been the formula. Nothing has ever been fulfilled by
abstract thinking alone. The accomplishment of heaven is such a
difficult and complex process that you must follow me in every detail.
We can only be successful by following very carefully and faithfully.
Always in the past, individual concerns have been in conflict with
larger-level concerns. Much difficulty has resulted from this
disharmony. We must not only successfully cope with our individual
problems, but also reach beyond to resolve the national level
difficulties. Those of us who represent the dispensation have to bring
that level into harmony. This is what we are about to do.
Why is this process difficult? The standard God desires is really
different from the standard of "me" or "my family."
Both God and man are confronted by an environment which is also
different from God's standard. The Unification Church, for example, is
not limited to one race or one nationality; we are from every nation
and every race. The goal of the Unification Church and its members is
to go beyond racial and national boundaries. Everyone else may be
content with those boundaries, but we aren't. Transcending them,
however, is very difficult and requires tremendous effort.
Let us just reflect upon ourselves. Sometimes after American
members have completed much good and successful work, they forget that
they are working as representatives of God and as citizens of God's
Kingdom Without even being conscious of it, they start thinking of
themselves primarily as Americans rather than as heavenly citizens.
Are we always firmly standing on the foundation of the Principle?
We may be at one moment but day after day, especially when it is
difficult, somehow the standard gets eroded. We lose our heavenly
perspective and start thinking like any other worldly citizen. We must
be very careful in our thinking and our daily conduct to judge things
and act according to the Principle. As time goes on and difficulty
continues, our standard can easily get diluted and we are guided by
"common sense" or the average standard rather than by the
absolute standard of Principle.
When inspired, we can determine ourselves to keep God's standard.
When we are really elevated and cleansed we feel, "Each move that
I make is for the specific purpose of fulfilling God's will and
broadening His influence," and we work with this perspective. But
then one day passes, a few weeks pass, a few months and years go by and
we lose such awareness. We no longer have the conscious attitude that
the purpose of our life is for the sake of fulfilling God's will and
expanding His influence.
Let us imagine, "If I were God, how would I do things and how
would I feel?" We know that whenever God does something, He always
has His goal in mind. If we were God, that is how we would be, too, not
only on the individual level, but also on the family level. God would
lead His own family to achieve the goal of the next highest level - the
racial or clan level. Always, whatever He does, He has a clear
direction. Not even for one second is the goal forgotten. No matter
what level He may be working on, He is always directing the destination
of that level toward the next higher level. Such progress happens only
with great difficulty. After the clan level, God has to push through
incredible difficulty and challenge to reach the national level. He
never forgets the goal of the nation, but most importantly, He never
forgets that His ultimate goal is that of the cosmic level.
Suppose there is a certain person entrusted with a special mission.
Let's say he is an agent in enemy territory doing some secret work at a
very high level. He has to make plans and really work carefully. He
cannot jump right to the goal, but first he has to do simple things to
make his foundation in his own surroundings. From there he can proceed
step by step to higher levels. By the same token, although God's
purpose is to restore the world, He does not move to do that
overnight. He has to plan carefully for individual restoration, family
affairs, the nation, and so on. But He is always consistent in His goal
and never forgets it. He constantly thinks about how to reach the goal
successfully. Coping with difficulties is secondary for Him, whereas by
the time we have dealt with difficulties, successfully or
unsuccessfully, we have usually forgotten about the goal.
How we live makes a lot of difference. When we live for the sake
of the goal, we can overcome the difficulties that arise, with the help
of God. Sometimes we may not be successful. In that case, we have to
feel willing to die for the sake of the goal. We should not be defeated
by the circumstances. We should not think, "I am surrounded by
dreadful problems, and I cannot cope with them successfully. Therefore
I am dying." Even though this may look like the reality, it should
not be the case. We must be as God is - living and dying if necessary
for nothing less than winning the goal.
The perfect example is a martyr, who gives up his own life to
sustain and protect God's will and His foundation. Are all martyrs
successful-are they all in Heaven? Think about this. Suppose one
person is being severely persecuted to the point of death and he
thinks, "I will be faithful to God so I can be lifted up later and
recognized by others." If a martyr dies with that kind of
self-centered attitude, he is actually a failure. But if someone in the
same situation has faith and wants to give his life for the sake of
humanity and the ultimate fulfillment of God's will, then he becomes a
true martyr. The two situations are identical externally but very
One's internal posture or attitude makes that much difference. Even
though we may be working incredibly hard, if later it turns out that we
worked for the sake of everything except the ultimate fulfillment of
God's will, then our work becomes almost meaningless. God looks at it
this way, make no mistake about that. What about Reverend Moon? I view
it that way, too.
There are many bright people here this morning, brothers and
sisters who are really working hard. With God's abundant help, we know
they will become successful. America really has turned toward great
hope now. Then if the American brothers and sisters are proud,
thinking, "I've done it," and become complacent, this is
wrong. Rather, we have to start anew for the sake of the next
goal-bringing the new standard to the entire world. If we don't do
that, then we are really in the same position as having done nothing.
This is God's view. A person may be successful up to a point, but then
if he fails to immediately connect with the next level of the goal, he
will be drifting away from God's main line without even knowing it.
Look at the Washington Monument condition. That was most
successful, so everybody was virtually intoxicated with victory for a
short time. Then I immediately proclaimed the rally in Moscow, knowing
it was the next step. For more than ten years we have been preparing
for that purpose. Then after Moscow, where? We move up to the cosmic
level. Can you say, "As far as I'm concerned, my goal is
fulfilled. Whether this world is made into heaven or hell is beyond
me"? This attitude will not succeed.
After our victory in Moscow, we know that the spiritual darkness
will be expelled from the whole world. After that, we must reach up to
God in heaven. Do you understand? This is clearly God's goal. We must
remember that no matter how hard we work or how good a result we may
bring in, we have to immediately think about and connect to the
ultimate purpose, rather than settle for where we are.
How many levels are we working on? We are going from the
individual to the family, clan, race, nation, world, cosmos, and God.
The internal and external aspects can be very simply explained as
follows: In the beginning, the individual level is the internal
level-it is for "me", and the next higher level, the clan, is
the external level or the environment. When the clan is won and the
family and clan achieve perfect unity, their union becomes the internal
level and the next level-the nation-becomes the external level. When
the national victory is won and the nation is unified, that becomes the
internal level and the external level is the world. Do you see?
This follows one straight, horizontal line from the individual to
the family, clan, race, and nation. Only after the national level
sovereignty is established can we reach up to heaven, to God's domain,
on the vertical line. Until this highest level is reached, there is no
settlement possible for us. We have to live like Gypsies, always on the
move. No matter how successful and hard-working we Moonies may be, if
the government and the environment are firmly determined to come
against us, then we will have to move to a different place.
If the individual has one standard, the family has another and the
nation has yet another, either better or worse, that will never do. The
standard has to be consistent. We can test Unification Church members
on this point. Speak to brothers and sisters on the West Coast and then
speak to those on the East Coast and from the South and North. If they
were all one, there would be no problem. But the East has its certain
flavor and the West has its own.
If America continues the way it is going, it will be a great
failure as a nation. The center of this country is not stable. Look at
the White House-it can sway with the wind and is inconsistent in its
policies. Comparatively, the Unification Church is ideal because we are
consistent, no matter where we go. Regardless of the color of your skin
or your cultural background, your purpose is always the same. If you go
to a foreign country, you'll be amazed at how well you can perform.
When the Japanese members come here, they may not speak the language
but they act and pray according to the Unification goal. We have to aim
constantly toward our final or ultimate goal, no matter where we
You cannot all have a different goal and direction. God and
Principle cannot exist in a world like that. The situation of the
Unification Church not only in America but in every country has
progressed up to the level of race. Now the nation becomes the external
influence, and we have to work to influence the national governments.
We are on the national level not only here but everywhere.
In the original world, Adam contained everything, didn't he? The
unfallen Adam was a God-centered individual, family, clan, nation and
world unto himself. Now, to restore the fall of this single man, we
have to proceed by levels classified as individual, family, etc., and
it is a bitter fight against the satanic world each step of the way.
The days of national persecution will end. How soon is not certain, but
eventually this opposition will fade away.
No matter how large a country may be, it cannot behave unjustly
against a small country with impunity. Look at today's diplomatic
scene. If a small country is treated unfairly by a large country, then
immediately the ambassador of the small country can protest to the
president of the large country and the media around the world will
publicize the event. The smaller the country, the more publicity it
receives in order to protect it. Sovereignty is that important.
When we are on the national level, everything up to that level is
part of the internal situation. We can usually cope with internal
problems better than with the external ones. The world will be our
external problem from now on; therefore, all levels below the world
will be internal and the one above it will be external. After that,
there will be no more external level. From the individual to the cosmic
level, we form a horizontal line. Then God will cross this line at a
sharp, vertical, ninety degree angle. Here the vertical relationship
Can such vertical relationship happen if nobody does anything?
First, someone has to form this line. Will God do that? No, mankind
must do it. Human beings fell, so they must fulfill their
responsibility to stand upright before God's grace can come upon them.
In other words, the left wing and the right wing-the Cain and Abel
positions-must come into complete harmony and unity before we can
expect the vertical line to extend all the way down and form a perfect
sphere, which is the whole purpose of God's dispensation.
Where does God reside? Of course, He is right at the center. When
all individuals, families, clans, races and nations are centering on
God, then everybody will welcome having a point of unity. All force,
all power must go through this one point or else it cannot exist.
History has progressed through this formula for unity. Nothing
progresses meaningfully without it, as the Cain and Abel relationship
implies. It may seem complicated, but broken down simply we see that
the individual self is divided between mind and body. Satan occupies
the half of the self which is the body. The mind is always trying to
bring the body into unity with it because without realizing unity, the
horizontal line is not formed and one cannot stand straight. Unless we
realize this straight horizontal line, we cannot expect the vertical
line to cross.
We must know where we are now. To what point has the Unification
Church come? We are working hard like we did last year or like ten
years ago and it may seem just the same, but we have progressed. We are
not just miscellaneous people gathered here. Instead, each and every
one is legitimately representing his own country, like athletes in the
Olympics. We have people who represent the big countries, like America
and Russia, and those who represent the smaller ones, including Korea
and Japan. They are all competing with each other to see who will be
more faithful and who will bring greater result to fulfill God's will.
Even though we've come successfully to the world level, this is not the
end. Our work beyond the world level is to liberate hell on earth and
in the spirit world. Conquering hell on earth and in the spirit world
is what it means to fulfill on the cosmic level.
The individual body operates in great harmony, like an orchestra.
The eyes, nose and mouth have very different functions, but they are
all directed toward one goal-the well-being of the individual. We have
two eyes, but one eye never looks at one thing while the other looks at
something else. Instead, they work together in order to focus. Behind
the eyes is an optic nerve connected to the brain, making a four
position foundation. Why do we have two nostrils? Why not just have one
and simplify it? It always takes two for perfection, never just one.
This is a manifestation of the duality of God and of His Principle. The
Cain and Abel relationship is also a duality, although it was not part
of the original ideal. It exists because human beings fell and had to
be restored, but it follows the same pattern as the original pattern of
To prove that the individualism of a great nation like P> America
is wrong, look at any natural being. All exist in the pair system, all
are in couples. Do you think individualism has anything to do with
God? God always creates everything in twos, in pairs. Godism never
includes individualism. To live for the sake of the whole is God's
ideal, so individualism is actually a very foolish way. Trying to live
in this God-created universe asserting individualism causes one to meet
difficulty anywhere one goes. Do you understand?
We must always remember that we face both internal and external
difficulty, no matter which level we live on. I have explained very
clearly why difficulties arise. This understanding of the source of
the difficulties and of what is external and internal can provide the
power to surmount these difficulties.
Was everything in conflict while it was being created? There was no
conflict. Satan's main effort has been to separate, while the main
effort of God and God's people is to unite. How do we unite? We must
perfect the internal standard and, centering on that standard, bring
the external standard up to that level. Does history teach us any
lessons about this? Yes, it is a very cruel lesson with one credo:
persevere, endure, sacrifice yourself. Turn the other cheek. It works,
even though it is not very sophisticated. Although it is hard, if you
persevere this way, you will go over the difficulty somehow. Only
through this principle can we advance very surely, steadily and
quickly. There is no other way we can separate ourselves from Satan. We
have heard this series more than one thousand times: from the
individual level to the family, clan, etc. You can recite it in your
dreams, without knowing how it really works, but it is this detailed
principle that never fails.
Cain and Abel are very easy to distinguish if you have one rule,
one yardstick. Let's say that between two Unification Church members,
you need to decide who is in the Cain position and who is in the Abel.
The one who is more dedicated to the cause and willing to sacrifice and
persevere more than the other to fulfill the goal is Abel. God always
finds this Abel-type person and will be on his side. He will encourage
and help him to realize his own goal which is for the largest good,
whereas Satan will take the other person's side and work with him.
When I went to Danbury, I immediately made up my mind, "Well,
this is the way it ought to be. Traditionally and historically, Abel
suffers more until God's will is done. It is not done yet, so the fact
that I must suffer more is only natural." I never lamented or
complained, inside or outside. I had only one thought: "How can I
penetrate this hell? Once I do that, the world will be elevated to a
new level." I knew this. The American people do not yet know about
Reverend Moon, so they are indifferent. Once they know, they will all
bow down for what he did for their country when they were not even
aware of it. No person can go to God without going through Father. No
one. Even in heaven, before you can go higher and higher, you must go
with Father. Nobody advances ahead of him. Do you understand?
We must work for God's sovereignty, inspiring the governments to
act for the sake of God and humanity. Korea's President is Chun Doo
Hwan. That is a fact, but walk into Korea and ask anybody, "Who is
better equipped to solve the problems and save the country, Chun Doo
Hwan or Reverend Moon?" Many Koreans will say Reverend Moon. In
Japan, the most powerful party is the Democratic Liberal Party, but
many people will say that the VOC has a stronger influence. Then if you
come here to America and ask the average American where to look for the
best solution for the future, pretty soon they will say the Unification
Movement, rather than any political party.
One thing is sure. The satanic world has already exhausted its
possibilities. There is nothing more for it to try. America's position
and Father's position-compare them now. We have surmounted all the
internal problems and we are about to solve the world problems. This is
where we are now.
From this point along a straight line to the past includes all
the days of indemnity and suffering. But from here to the future, it is
the path to victory. When God anoints America's president, the struggle
of the entire world will end, then and there. There will be nothing
more to do, really, because God is there.
We are clearly on a different path. We are like high priests
bringing offerings to God. When we bring an offering, we'd better not
have the attitude, "God, I am offering this to You, so please take
care of my family. Please, do what I want." Instead you should
say, "As a small, humble being, I dedicate this for Your sake and
for the sake of the whole of humanity." We have to dedicate our
offerings like that, not with ourselves in mind. What if your family
stubbornly opposed you and begged you not to go this way? Then we must
push our family away and continue to think about our nation. Is what I
am saying to you right or wrong?
In the business world, can you keep all your money in your pocket
and expect to make a profit? No matter what sort of opportunities come
along, the first thing you must do is risk your money. You have to be
ready to cast away what you have and take a chance. Then the profit can
come. By the same token, we must give everything we've got or else God
cannot give us something great in return. Giving something small to get
a large return doesn't work. It defies the rule of all things.
The Chinese character for endurance or patience includes two
portions. The character on top represents a sword or knife, and below
that is a character representing the mind. So even though a cutting,
sharp sword is in your mind, don't budge, don't move. Don't even
express the pain; pretend nothing is bothering you. That is the meaning
behind "endurance." Therein lies the great difference between
Oriental and Western people. For example, the Chinese have a staggering
population of one billion. The Chinese have endured and endured for
centuries and you know what the Chinese nature today is like. They are
famous for rarely showing emotion, either good or bad.
If an American has a Chinese roommate, within three days he will
have told virtually everything about himself to the Chinese. But even
after ten years, the Chinese would have revealed very little to the
American. Who is the most shrewd and able diplomat at the negotiating
table? It is the one who doesn't speak much. The more eloquent you are,
the more you give away. The champion at making the other people speak
will be the winner. Chinese are very adept in this way.
Sometimes the differences are dramatic: Westerners usually dress
their best at the diplomatic table, while the Chinese couldn't care
less. They don't even wear fresh clothes, maybe even three-day-old
clothing. They just keep sitting there day after day saying almost
nothing, so the Westerners think they are dumb. But after a few days,
they find out that the Chinese remember every word that was said.
By listening carefully, the Chinese make assessments: "That
diplomat is no problem. I don't need to pay any attention to him."
Or, "This issue I don't have to worry about, but that one I
do." He doesn't reveal what he is thinking; you only realize it
later. Then he focuses on two or three people at the most to work on.
This method never fails. Nixon flew to China in a big plane with a
grand style and a lot of beautiful words, but today looking back,
nothing so much has been achieved for America. Meanwhile, the Chinese
have gradually been progressing and improving.
Actually, I have some characteristics of the Chinese. I do not
speak as much to my own family as I do with you. Even Mother often does
not know what I am thinking. But when the time comes, I tell Mother,
"This is it," and she thinks, "How in the world did
Father think of that?"
Let me ask you a question, especially you American women: If a
knife were stuck in your mind-would you keep quiet? No, you would
probably shriek just at the thought! (Father imitates a feminine
scream.) Such a person should learn a lesson from the Chinese. As
Unification Church members, we must learn that deep area of human
character: silence. Silence is really an expression of one's confidence
and sovereignty. In other words, the sovereign people are the ones who
are in complete control of themselves and who can keep silent.
When I was criticized and persecuted, I never retaliated. I didn't
even respond. Instead, I kept God's goal foremost in my mind; I had no
time to be bothered with anything else. We have not yet achieved our
final goal. If someone persecutes or criticizes you, do you immediately
respond to it and try to retaliate? Why is that necessary? You should
think. "Let's talk about this twenty or thirty years from
After World War II, in 1945, a knife was really stuck in my mind.
The world had separated Korea in two, though it had no right to do
that. In essence, the United States gave one half of Korea to the
satanic domain and meddled with the other half. The Korean Christians
went against God instead of following His will. I was deeply hurt by
this, but I didn't speak. I thought, "Let's see what happens after
forty years," and for forty years I waited. I went to the hell of
prison and to every difficult place conceivable, but I never said
anything or expressed my feelings about my course. Today it is time to
talk about this. Now, what was divided forty years ago, we are going to
We have been speaking about the new year and our posture. Do you
know what posture is? It is the mind's attitude. What kind of attitude
should we have? We must say to anyone who is trying to bother us,
"Don't distract me. I am busy doing my mission to comply with
God's will." By yourself, you cannot do this kind of a mission, so
you must cling very closely to Father. Even if I try to shake you
loose, still you have to hang on. Otherwise I will never be able to
lead you in the spirit world. I will go higher and higher and you will
be left behind if you can't hold on. If we cannot do it here, certainly
we cannot do it there. We learn from the Principle that returning to
earth spiritually to resurrect oneself is very difficult. Because I
know this, I do what I do-push you incredibly into suffering.
Unlike the past years of paying indemnity without much visible
return, from now on there will not be so much payment of indemnity.
Whatever we do will become our own property, so to speak. I wish all of
you to realize the change of time and do your utmost best to go over
this stage to the time of victory. Do you understand?
Therefore, we must have no complaints, no words, no comments. What
good does it do to make comments? Two days ago, we made some big
changes. I told some people, "You must go to Africa." They
responded, "Which country in Africa? Why Africa? When
Africa?" All that kind of thing. But why should anyone speak like
that? When Father says "Africa," then you should pray,
"Yes, Africa it will be." and that will be it. It is very
Why so much noise about everything? You make everything so
complicated. You are too talkative! It's true. We must run silently.
That is all we have to do. We have a big goal ahead and much to do to
reach it. If somebody says something bad against me, so what? What I
must do, I must do. Be confident. Time doesn't wait for you. You must
catch up with time.
Now you understand that by posture I mean attitude. Though
"attitude" can be a very abstract concept, let me
specifically describe what I mean. Let everything that happens around
you in your daily life remind you of unification. When you pray,
think, "My left hand and right hand are uniting as I pray. This is
the way it ought to be. God waited for this a long time." When you
look in your mirror, think, "I have two eyes and they are not
wandering in different directions. They are united." When you
breathe in, you can think, "My two nostrils are working in unity
and I am glad. Therefore I must make unity in the world." If you
walk for a long distance without falling down, say, "I am glad my
feet are in unity and enjoying harmony with the rest of my body. This
is why I do not fall. If my mind and God's can become harmonized, that
is even better."
If we are standing and embracing the vertical center, there is only
one point, not two. We must harmonize with God's will, we must
harmonize the environment and we must harmonize with everybody.
Sometimes we experience discord with other people, don't we? Then we
must go to the person we have quarreled with and apologize. Satan will
leave at that moment. Satan will follow you as long as you have a
grudge or a hard feeling toward somebody. But when harmony is realized,
Satan has no place to stay, so he leaves instantly.
Blessed couples, raise your hands and keep them up. Those who have
never fought with their spouse, lower your hands. All of you are
confessing that at one time or another you have fought against your
husband or wife. I will try to be the judge now. Which side-the man's
or the woman's-tends to speak more, on the average? Then the fault
probably lies on that side-the woman's. That is statistical. It is no
accident. Woman fell first and women are often the source of the
problem. To surmount that, women need to be trained twice as hard as
men; then they can survive. Also, I know this is true by my
experience. More women came in the early days of the church and
professed their faith to me. They promised this and that but now, many
years later, I do not see those women anymore. The men did not say so
much or promise as much to me, but most of them are still here. Once
again, why should we speak? Be silent, remain and persevere. Do you
understand my point clearly now?
You may be doing the right things, but inside you may be carrying a
grudge and thinking, "Why should it be like this? Can't it be
another way?" This attitude doesn't suffice. Nobody is begging you
to do this. It is our work, not somebody's else's; therefore we do
it. I teach you how to conduct yourselves but it is up to you to do
it. There are certain things that you have to do for yourselves
without complaint. Now you know clearly why we must be silent and keep
At the onset of the new year, it is important to remember this
hard-won truth which Father has given you. Now do you know how to
conduct yourselves? Then promise this to God and Father by raising your
hands. God bless you.